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PHAB Logo The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. The agency and its staff are committed to improving the quality of life for all South Carolinians by protecting and promoting the health of the public and the environment.

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You can find the most up-to-date information about coronavirus disease 2019 on DHEC's COVID-19 webpage. This page includes information such as:

Johns Hopkins' VIRA (chatbot) can answer your COVID-19 vaccine questions. CDC’s COVID-19 website is also a great resource.

Latest information about the national infant formula shortage for South Carolina families.

Find information about birth certificates, death certificates, and other vital records.

Follow this guidance to locate a septic tank on a property.

Follow this guidance to apply for a food permit.

Visit the stormwater page for details.

More ways to contact us

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET 
Monday–Friday (except for state holidays)

Select the office or clinic heading to find a location near you.

Environmental Affairs Regional Offices

Permits and licenses (food service, air, septic tanks, land and water, construction), rabies investigations, environmental regulatory matters

Public Health Clinics

Appointments for services—family planning, immunizations (shots), Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) tests, or Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Vital Records Offices

Birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates


Contact Media Relations to schedule interviews or get answers or information.


Use the Staff Directory Search to locate employees by topic, interest, or program.

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Every concern, complaint or report is reviewed and acted on according to the agency’s regulatory authority—what regulations, laws or statutes allow DHEC to do.

Environmental, food

Use this tool to report concerns related to chemical spills, oil spills, or fish kills; restaurants, delis, meat markets, etc.; pollution; open burning or dumping; coastal issues; dam safety; drinking water; wastewater; solid or hazardous waste; stormwater or general water quality; pools; mining; abandoned boats; animal bites; asbestos; etc.

Health facilities and CNA abuse complaints

Use the complaint forms to report concerns about health facilities, providers, professionals, and services such as assisted living facilities, home health, hospice, hospitals, nursing homes, emergency medical services, and other health-related concerns.

For DHEC-licensed health facilities only: Report Accidents/Incidents

DHEC-licensed health facilities must report accidents and incidents using this application in accordance with the applicable state licensing regulation. Health facilities must separately satisfy any applicable CMS accident and incident reporting requirements in accordance with CMS regulations. Community members should use the complaint forms listed above to submit a complaint about DHEC-licensed health facilities.


See our guidance for submitting a privacy complaint if you believe that DHEC has violated the privacy or security of health or other confidential information.


If you’re having trouble with or difficulty using our website, please let our webmaster know.

Public Records/FOI

Our Freedom of Information (FOI) Office can assist you with copies of public records.

Controlled Substances Information

See our guidance for Controlled Substances. Providers and facilities can submit request, verifications, site inspections and complaints and other additional information.

For most messages, we aim to have a DHEC staff member contact you in 2-3 business days.


Email DHEC


DHEC Constituent Services
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201


8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Monday–Friday (except for state holidays)


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